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Philadelphia Union's 2014 schedule, kickoff times and TV information

(Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
(Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

The Philadelphia Union's 2014 schedule has been released, and the countdown is on to the start of the team's fifth season.

For the second time in the last three years, the Union's season will begin with a trip to Portland, Ore., to face the Timbers. The home opener at PPL Park will take place a week later against the New England Revolution, which edged the Union out of a playoff spot last year.

Major League Soccer will not play any games during the group stage of the World Cup, as happened four years ago. The Union's last game before festivities kick off in Brazil will be on Saturday, June 7, a home matchup with the Vancouver Whitecaps. The season will resume three weeks later with a trip north to face the New England Revolution on June 28.

Union fans who regularly follow the team on the road will notice that two of the three games against the rival New York Red Bulls will be played on Wednesday nights. One of them, an April 16 visit to Red Bull Arena, is during the school year.

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  • Toward the end of the season, the Union could benefit from having six of their nine games in September and October at home. Included in that stretch are home-and-away series with Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew. All nine games in the final two months are against Eastern Conference opponents, which will add drama to the chase for the MLS Cup playoffs. 

    In the broadcast booth, J.P. Dellacamera will be back as play-by-play announcer, with former Philadelphia Kixx goalkeeper Peter Pappas as the color analyst. Tony Limarzi will host the pregame show, and former U.S. women's national team defender Heather Mitts will be the sideline reporter.

    Here's the full 2014 schedule, including kickoff times and local and national TV broadcast information:

    Saturday, March 8: at Portland Timbers (10:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)
    Saturday, March 15: vs. New England Revolution (4:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)
    Saturday, March 22 at Columbus Crew (6:00 p.m., The Comcast Network) 
    Saturday, March 29: vs. Montréal Impact (4:00 p.m., 6ABC)

    Saturday, April 5: at Chicago Fire (5:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)
    Saturday, April 12: vs. Real Salt Lake (4:00 p.m., 6ABC)
    Wednesday, April 16: at New York Red Bulls (7:30 p.m., WACP-4)
    Saturday, April 19: vs. Houston Dynamo (4:00 p.m., The Comcast Network)
    Saturday, April 26: at Montréal Impact (4:00 p.m., The Comcast Network)

    Saturday, May 3: at Seattle Sounders (10:00 p.m., The Comcast Network)
    Saturday, May 10: vs. D.C. United (4:00 p.m., The Comcast Network)
    Wednesday, May 14: at Sporting Kansas City (8:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)
    Saturday, May 17: vs. New England (7:00 p.m., The Comcast Network)
    Sunday, May 25: at Los Angeles Galaxy (8:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet/Univision Deportes)
    Saturday, May 31: at Chivas USA (10:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)

    Saturday, June 7: vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (7:00 p.m., The Comcast Network)
    Saturday, June 28: at New England Revolution (7:30 p.m., The Comcast Network)

    Friday, July 4: at FC Dallas (9:00 p.m., The Comcast Network)
    Saturday, July 12: vs. Colorado Rapids (7:00 p.m., 6ABC)
    Wednesday, July 16: vs. New York Red Bulls (7:00 p.m., ESPN2)
    Saturday, July 19: at Chicago Fire (8:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)

    Friday, August 1: at Sporting Kansas City (8:00 p.m., NBCSN)
    Saturday, August 9: vs. Montréal Impact (7:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)
    Friday, August 15: at Houston Dynamo (9:00 p.m., NBCSN)
    Sunday, August 24: vs. San Jose Earthquakes (8:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet/Univision Deportes)

    Wednesday, September 3: vs. Toronto FC (7:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)
    Saturday, September 6: at Toronto FC (2:00 p.m., The Comcast Network)
    Saturday, September 13: vs. New York Red Bulls (3:00 p.m., NBCSN)
    Saturday, September 20: vs. Houston Dynamo (7:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet)
    Saturday, September 27: at D.C. United (3:00 p.m., NBCSN)

    Thursday, October 2: vs. Chicago Fire (8:00 p.m., ESPN2)
    Saturday, October 11: vs. Columbus Crew (7:00 p.m.. The Comcast Network)
    Saturday, October 18: vs. Kansas City (4:00 p.m., The Comcast Network)
    Sunday, October 26: at Columbus Crew (5:00 p.m., The Comcast Network)

    Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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